We all know we should be eating more vegetables. But when it comes to actually implementing them into our diet, that’s where we often fall short. Maybe you don’t have much experience cooking them, or don’t have the energy to prepare a whole extra course along with the starch and protein component of your meal. Whatever the case may be, eating more veg doesn’t have to be as complicated as you think. Even the most basic ways of preparing veg can take advantage of your favourite flavours so that you’ll be reaching for more. Here are some easy ways to get more veg in your diet.
Stir Greens Into Your Pasta
Pasta is easy to make and delicious, so it’s easy to see why it’s a staple food for students. On its own, however, pasta provides a lot of carbs and not a lot else in the nutrition department. By stirring spinach or other leafy greens into your pesto or alfredo pasta, you can get some extra fibre without hardly noticing a difference. Simply wilt the leaves in the pan as you incorporate the sauce.
Blend Veg Into Your Smoothie
Another great way to get more veg is by incorporating it into a smoothie. Some of the best vegetables to use for this are carrots, squash, beets and zucchini, but you can use pretty much any vegetable you want. Combine with yogurt and/or milk, plant based or regular. Then choose some of your favourite fruits to add in. The fruit flavour will help to overpower the vegetable flavour.
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Eat Them With Dip
It doesn’t get much simpler than veggies and dip. A nice dip will give you flavours that will make the vegetables much more appealing than if they were on their own. You can choose a tried and true storebought dip or even make your own. Obviously raw vegetables require no preparation, so this is a great way to get your veg with minimal effort required.
Make Yourself A Side Salad
Salads are another great way to eat more vegetables, and they pair well with virtually any meal. All you have to do is chop up a head of lettuce and drizzle some dressing over top — everything else is optional. If you feel like adding more, however, sunflower seeds and feta or goats cheese can be great additions. You can also bolster the salad with additional vegetables, such as tomatoes or carrots.
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